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Dallas Steve  
#1 Posted : Friday, April 12, 2019 12:03:09 PM(UTC)
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This website has been pretty dead lately, but I notice the same is true of Planet-Love. They have had a total of 2 posts in the last 4 days. Meanwhile, a gringo who had moved to Peru for several years and maintained a blog called Expat Chronicles has now returned to live in St. Louis, the murder capital of the USA, with a higher murder rate than even Cali, Colombia.

Colin, that "repat" as he called himself, said that raising children is much cheaper in St. Louis than in Peru. That surprises me. The cost of living index that I found showed St. Louis about 50% more expensive than Lima, Peru (not counting the cost of bullets).

For me, I want to give Colombia a try later this year, which appears to have a lower cost of living than even Peru. But I won't pick the murder capital, Cali, where my wife is from, nor the smog capital, Medellin, which many gringos love. I'm thinking somewhere in or around Pereira.

Well, that's all for now, unless someone stuns me with another post.
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#2 Posted : Friday, April 12, 2019 1:17:45 PM(UTC)
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Update:

Thinking about this some more, it may be that Colin and/or his wife are planning to get white collar jobs in the US which will pay a lot more than in Peru. That would more than offset the lower cost of living in Peru, and was the reason I went the K1 route and brought my wife back to the US. Now that I'm semi-retired I can afford to live expat or maybe part-pat, if I do part of the year here. According to Colin his mail-order nutrition supplements business in Peru was making a good profit, so he may not be looking for a job in the US.

Colin is welcome to join here and argue his point. Unless he does, I would say his biggest argument was that private English language schools in Lima run about $20,000 per year in Lima (that's hard for me to believe) and that regular schools in Peru are far inferior to the US (I can believe that). Since he has 3 children that would eventually cost him about $60,000 per year compared to free schools in the murder capital of the US.

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#3 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2019 12:24:05 PM(UTC)
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There was another post or two on the original Repat Chronicles thread and it occurred to me that Colin may actually be moving to a bigger shithole than Peru. (Sorry Peru, but you're nowhere near first world yet.) I checked the list of worldwide city murder rates and after you get past Venezuela, Mexico, and a few other shithole countries you see St. Louis at number 13. That means Colin moved his family to the murder capital of the USA to supposedly save some money. St. Louis has a higher murder rate than Cali, the murder capital of Colombia. I won't live in Cali again, though I will probably visit.

In my post I suggested that Colin move his family somewhere safer like Detroit LOL. Now I see a new post on Colin's Facebook page. He posted this photo of his daughter playing in front of his house in St. Louis. Judging by the houses across the street Colin is living in a slum. A slum in St. Louis is not a step up from Lima, Peru and I would not move my family there unless I was a really brokeass loser. Sorry Colin, but that's the truth. Colin is celebrating the St. Louis Blues' double overtime victory over the Dallas Stars. Ouch! The Stars deserved to lose anyway. Those greedy fuckers took their games off free TV this year and put them on some cable pay network that I don't have so I didn't get to see their pathetic series choke. This wouldn't have happened when Mike Modano was there. Fuck the Dallas Stars.

Steve

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#4 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2019 8:18:06 AM(UTC)
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You are moving to Colombia you say Steve..another " shit hole country"..
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#5 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2019 8:50:04 AM(UTC)
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That expat chronicles site looks like another time waster

I will say that Colin guy is a very prolific writer for a struggling guy with 3 kids

I read the article on the guy in Europe who fell in love with the web cam girl from Pereira...good laff but same story we have all heard countless times over and over..

If it wasnt for the fact these threads are so time consuming for the OP, I would swear that these guys are trolls leading people on..

Hard to believe guys could be so stupid thattveysend money without even meeting the person or with little prospect of doing so..

But then I have dne some real stupid stuff even after meeting them..even though I 100% knew better..some of these girls are such good manipulators ,so I guesss anything is possible

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#6 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2019 10:58:24 AM(UTC)
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You are moving to Colombia you say Steve..another " shit hole country"..


El Expat,

Agreed, but I (probably) won't be living in a neighborhood that looks as bad as the one in Colin's photo. That was my point; he's living in a slum in the murder capital of the USA.

WildStubby,

If you haven't followed Colin's story for a while he was trying to make a living selling a book online about Peru tourism and another about some loser called "The Mick" that he met in Bogota and finally he posted a Patron page (I think) where people could contribute to get special non-public content on his Expat Chronicles. None of those looked very promising to me. Then he started an online business selling nutritional supplements business and I think he said once that he was making $40,000 per year doing that. If so, my hat's off to him. Even though that's not a lot of money it's about $40,000 per year more than I've ever been able make with a business, and I've tried to start several.

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#7 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2019 5:26:59 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, I remember you commenting about him maybe when you first started this forum? I can think of much better places to plop my bohunkous down than St. Louis. I had to do a service call at factory in E. St. Louis. I wasn't thrilled at the prospects of the neighborhood there! That Colin character kind of set high standards for himself. It's in unfamiliar places I think it where it would be best to compromise and work toward your goal instead of 'wanting it all right now!'


Edit: I did a closer look at the photo. That looks as though that is a real middle class to lower middle class neighbor hood, (It may have been upper middle class about 30~40 years ago though!) Ya roll da dice and takes your chances!

Edited by user Monday, May 13, 2019 5:31:00 PM(UTC)  | Reason: addition

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